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Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.

Saddled with student loans, medical debt, and the sudden news of her infertility after a major car accident, Shannon, an African American woman, follows her boyfriend to Morocco in search of relief. There, in the cobblestoned medina of Marrakech, she finds a toddler in a pink jacket whose face mirrors her own. With the help of her boyfriend and a bribed official, Shannon makes the fateful decision to adopt and raise the girl in Louisville, Kentucky. But the girl already has a mother: Souria, an undocumented Mauritanian woman who was trafficked as a teen, and who managed to escape to Morocco to build another life.

In rendering Souria’s separation from her family across vast stretches of desert and Shannon’s alienation from her mother under the same roof, Jacinda Townsend brilliantly stages cycles of intergenerational trauma and healing. Linked by the girl who has been a daughter to them both, these unforgettable protagonists move toward their inevitable reckoning. Mother Country is a bone-deep and unsparing portrayal of the ethical and emotional claims we make upon one another in the name of survival, in the name of love.

 

  Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781644450871
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 3rd, 2022

A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.


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Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

A witty and immersive look at the history, mythology, science, and magical touch that makes whisky taste like a drop of gold. 

Braving the “all boys” clubhouse of the world of whisky has not been easy, but Shelley Sackier has managed to do just that out of her love for the drink. By turns funny and poignant and filled with vivid insight into this ancient craft, Make it a Double will persuade even a teetotaler to want a wee dram.

As a woman whose first sip of whisky created the female doppelganger of a Mr. Yuk sticker, that experience produced a sharp realization that the liquid was foul, poisonous, and needlessly dirtied a previously clean glass. And then she met Scotland. Her curiosity and growing passion lit a fire—igniting a desire to learn more about this craft’s rich and vivid history and the need to break out of an old life and to become the mother, partner, and woman she has always sought to be. After completing a course in Scotland’s famed Bruichladdich Distillery, Shelley begins her path of writing about—and working within—the world of whisky.

There has never been a better time for Shelley's inimitable voice to shed light on this intoxicating realm. Women are not only impressively contributing to the burgeoning sales of the spirit—making up nearly 40% of the whiskey-drinking population in the United States—but they are also growing in number as they enter in to, train within, and lead the industry with their determined creativity and innovation. In the tradition of Blood, Bones, and Butter, Make it a Double establishes Shelley Sackier as a fresh new voice in the lush world of culinary narrative.

 

  For the past twenty-five years, Shelley Sackier has devoted her efforts toward creating a plainspoken, easygoing, and humorous grasp on the subject of whisky to welcome more people into this realm and to distill down this sophisticated spirit one simple sip at a time. She works as the Director of Distillery Education at Reservoir Distillery in Virginia, lives in in the Old Dominion, and is also a critically acclaimed author of three YA novels. Visit her at Shelleysackier.com.
Make it a Double: From Wretched to Wondrous: Tales of One Woman's Lifelong Discovery of Whisky Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781639361793
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 7th, 2022

A witty and immersive look at the history, mythology, science, and magical touch that makes whisky taste like a drop of gold. 

Braving the “all boys” clubhouse of the world of whisky has not been easy, but Shelley Sackier has managed to do just that out of her love for the drink.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

"Jodie Slaughter is must-buy author, and Bet on It is a perfect example of what makes her writing delicious. Aja and Walker’s story is hot, sweet, and utterly unique, with a rock-solid emotional core." - Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author of Act Your Age, Eve Brown

The first time Aja Owens encounters the man of her dreams, she’s having a panic attack in the frozen foods section of the Piggly Wiggly. The second time, he’s being introduced to her as her favorite bingo buddy’s semi-estranged grandson. From there, all it takes is one game for her to realize that he’s definitely going to be a problem. And if there’s anything she already has a surplus of, it’s problems.

In Walker Abbott’s mind, there are only two worthwhile things in Greenbelt, South Carolina. The peach cobbler at his old favorite diner and his ailing grandmother. Dragging himself back after more than a decade away, he’s counting down the days until Gram heals and he can get back to his real life. Far away from the trauma inside of those city limits. Just when he thinks his plan is solid, enter Aja to shake everything up.

A hastily made bingo-based sex pact is supposed to keep this…thing between them from getting out of hand. Especially when submitting to their feelings means disrupting their carefully balanced lives. But emotions are just like bingo callers—they refuse to be ignored.

Jodie Slaughter's Bet on It is a heart-stoppingly fun, emotional romance that will have readers falling in love until long after the last page is turned.

 

Jodie Slaughter is the author of Bet on It. She is a twenty-something romance author who spends most of her days hunched over a laptop making fictional characters kiss. She loves love, so she writes romance novels full of heart, passion, and heat. When she isn’t putting steamy scenes or declarations of devotion on the page she can normally be found being generally hilarious on twitter, dreaming about brisket, or consuming way too much television. She lives in Kentucky.

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ISBN: 9781250821829
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 12th, 2022

"Jodie Slaughter is must-buy author, and Bet on It is a perfect example of what makes her writing delicious. Aja and Walker’s story is hot, sweet, and utterly unique, with a rock-solid emotional core." - Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author of Act Your Age, Eve Brown


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E. Lockhart In Conversation with Brooke Lauren Davis

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Friday, June 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Main Library
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

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LFPL and Carmichael’s Bookstore are excited to announce #1 New York Times bestseller E. Lockhart—author of We Were Liars and its new prequel, Family of Liars—will be in conversation with Brooke Lauren Davis (author of After Dark with Roxie Clark and The Hollow Inside) at the Main Library on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m.

Book signings will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase from Carmichael’s Bookstore.

Free event, but registration is requested.

We Were Liars immediately captivated readers as a sophisticated summer thriller when published in 2014. Its mysterious tone, inventive storytelling, and evocative prose gripped readers’ imaginations and has not let go in the eight years since. FAMILY OF LIARS (Delacorte Press І May 3, 2022 І Ages 12+) will arrive in the midst of a TikTok phenomenon that has vaulted #wewereliars to over 85 million views, hooked an ever-growing fandom, and pushed it to the New York Times bestseller list for 18 months during 2020 to 2022.Returning to the Sinclair family’s private island compound off the coast of Massachusetts a generation earlier, in 1987, tragedy upends what was meant to be a summer of fun, laughter, and first love. When Carrie Sinclair, the fiery, prescription drug–addicted heiress to a storied New England family’s fortune, meets the irresistible, unpredictable Lor Pfefferman, her lackadaisical summer becomes a season of unforgivable betrayal, terrible mistakes, and shocking violence.Will she forever uphold the family’s rules of keeping secrets no matter the pain? Readers will again marvel at Lockhart’s talent for surprises and masterful writing. Intense summer friendships, fraught romance, and unspeakable truths are at the core of this atypical summer read.

“A haunting confession about family allegiances; the arbitrary rules of powerful, moneyed White families; and the strength required to bear witness to terrible truths. . . . Beautiful and devastating.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Get ready for another spellbinding, shocking summer with the Sinclairs. Family of Liars is simply fantastic.”—Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780593485859
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 3rd, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The thrilling prequel to the TikTok phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.
 
A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts. 


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$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Don't miss the eagerly anticipated prequel, Family of Liars.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781547606115
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - May 25th, 2021

Sadie meets The Glass Castle in a smart, gripping, and twisty YA debut about a girl seeking to reveal the truth about her mother-and herself.


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ISBN: 9781547606146
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - October 4th, 2022

From the author of The Hollow Inside comes a twisty, thought-provoking YA thriller about grief, family, and what happens when true crime hits a little too close to home.


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Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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A post-apocalyptic Appalachian "weird fiction" novella by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Christopher Rowe

"Haunting and heartfelt, violent and vibrant."—Alix E. Harrow

Deallocate all implications,
Fortran harrows all the nations.

In a long-ago war, the all-powerful A.I. ruler of the Voluntary State of Tennessee—Athena Parthenus, Queen of Reason—invaded and decimated the American Southeast. Possessing the ability to infect and corrupt the surrounding environment with nanotechnology, she transformed flora, fauna, and the very ground itself into bio-mechanical weapons of war.

Marcia, a former captain from Kentucky, experienced first-hand the terrifying, mind-twisting capabilities of Athena’s creatures. Now back in the Commonwealth, her retirement is cut short by the arrival of federal troops in her tiny, isolated town. One of Athena’s most powerful weapons may still be buried nearby. And they need Marcia’s help to find it.

 

 

Christopher Rowe is the author of the acclaimed story collection Telling the Map, as well as a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service, co-written with his wife, author Gwenda Bond. He has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Neukom, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and their many unruly pets

  Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. They have been a past nominee for various awards, including the Nebula, Lambda, and Hugo; their work can be found in magazines such as Tor.comUncanny MagazineClarkesworld, and Nightmare. Aside from a brief stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent their life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Lexington and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.

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ISBN: 9781250804488
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Published: Tordotcom - May 31st, 2022

These Prisoning Hills is a post-apocalyptic Appalachian "weird fiction" novella by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Christopher Rowe.

"Haunting and heartfelt, violent and vibrant."—Alix E. Harrow


Deallocate all implications,
Fortran harrows all the nations.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.


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Farrah Alexander in conversation with Attica Scott

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Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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From the anti-segregation sit-ins of the 1960s to the 2020 protests in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, the rest of the nation—and often the world—has watched as Kentuckians boldly fought against injustice. In Resistance in the Bluegrass, Farrah Alexander outlines how Kentucky’s activists have opposed racism, discrimination, economic inequality, and practices that accelerate climate change; advocated for better education, more humane immigration policies, and appropriate political representation; and supported LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, while also celebrating decades of Kentucky contributions to social justice movements and the people behind them.

Resistance in the Bluegrass gives engaged citizens—and those who aim to become more engaged—inspiration and guidance for how they too can make a difference across the commonwealth. With interviews and issue-by-issue action items, Alexander reminds her readers that everyday citizens who step up to make a difference are at the heart of all social change. Optimistic and accessible, Resistance in the Bluegrass is a people’s history and guide that calls Kentuckians of all backgrounds to action.

“In Resistance in the Bluegrass, readers are taken on a journey through what has always been
a part of what makes Kentucky home for many of us—resistance—whether occupying the railroad tracks in Harlan, Kentucky, and chanting, ‘No pay, we stay!’ or occupying Injustice Square Park in downtown Louisville and chanting, ‘No justice, no peace!’

We are Kentucky—the ones who marched
in Appalachia for Black lives, and the ones
who showed up in western Kentucky to end poverty. We are Kentucky—the ones who resist corporate control over our lives, and the ones who are creating the care communities across the commonwealth. We are Kentucky—the ones who are protecting our environment, and the ones who know that healthcare is a human right.”—From the foreword by Rep. Attica Scott

 

Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. Her work has been featured in HuffPost, BUST, and Scary Mommy. She is the author of Raising the Resistance: A Mother’s Guide to Practical Activism.

Attica Scott is a mother and an activist, and in 2016 defeated a 34-year incumbent to become the first Black woman elected to the Kentucky General Assembly this century. She currently serves as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from the 41st district.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780813195261
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - May 31st, 2022

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Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Jyoti Thottam: Sisters of Mokama

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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"Sisters of Mokama is proof that faith and courage does move mountains." -- Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
 
The never-before-told story of six intrepid Kentucky nuns, their journey to build a hospital in the poorest state in India, and the Indian nurses whose lives would never be the same


New York Times editor Jyoti Thottam’s mother was part of an extraordinary group of Indian women. Born in 1946, a time when few women dared to leave their house without the protection of a man, she left home by herself at just fifteen years old and traveled to Bihar—an impoverished and isolated state in northern India that had been one of the bloodiest regions of Partition—in order to train to be a nurse under the tutelage of the determined and resourceful Appalachian nuns who ran Nazareth Hospital. Like Thottam’s mother’s journey, the hospital was a radical undertaking: it was run almost entirely by women, who insisted on giving the highest possible standard of care to everyone who walked through its doors, regardless of caste or religion.
 
Fascinated by her mother’s story, Thottam set out to discover the full story of Nazareth Hospital, which had been established in 1947 by six nuns from Kentucky. With no knowledge of Hindi, and the awareness that they would likely never see their families again, the sisters had traveled to the small town of Mokama determined to live up to the pioneer spirit of their order, founded in the rough hills of the Kentucky frontier. A year later, they opened the doors of the hospital; soon they began taking in young Indian women as nursing students, offering them an opportunity that would change their lives. One of those women, of course, was Thottam’s mother.
 
In Sisters of Mokama, Thottam draws upon twenty years’ worth of research to tell this inspiring story for the first time. She brings to life the hopes, struggles, and accomplishments of these ordinary women—both American and Indian—who succeeded against the odds during the tumult and trauma of the years after World War II and Partition. Pain and loss were everywhere for the women of that time, but the collapse of the old orders provided the women of Nazareth Hospital with an opening—a chance to create for themselves lives that would never have been possible otherwise.

 

 

Jyoti Thottam is a senior Opinion editor at The New York Times. Prior to joining the Times, she was a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. From 2008 to 2012, she was Time’s South Asia Bureau Chief in New Delhi, where she wrote numerous cover stories, including award-winning stories about the Ganges River and the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Born in India, she grew up in Texas and graduated from Yale and Columbia. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

 

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ISBN: 9780525522355
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Published: Viking - April 12th, 2022

"Sisters of Mokama is proof that faith and courage does move mountains." -- Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
 
The never-before-told story of six intrepid Kentucky nuns, their journey to build a hospital in the poorest state in India, and the Indian nurses whose lives would never be the same


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Geraldine Brooks - Horse: A Novel

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Friday, June 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40204

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A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 
 
New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
 
Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
 
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

 

 

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March and the international bestsellers The Secret ChordCaleb’s CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts. 

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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history


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